Regeneration by Pat BarkerRegeneration by Pat Barker


byPat Barker

Paperback | July 1, 1993

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 "The trilogy is trying to tell something about the parts of war that don't get into the official accounts" –Pat Barker

The first book of the Regeneration Trilogy and a Booker Prize nominee
In 1917 Siegfried Sasson, noted poet and decorated war hero, publicly refused to continue serving as a British officer in World War I. His reason: the war was a senseless slaughter. He was officially classified "mentally unsound" and sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital. There a brilliant psychiatrist, Dr. William Rivers, set about restoring Sassoon's "sanity" and sending him back to the trenches. This novel tells what happened as only a novel can. It is a war saga in which not a shot is fired. It is a story of a battle for a man's mind in which only the reader can decide who is the victor, who the vanquished, and who the victim.
One of the most amazing feats of fiction of our time, Regneration has been hailed by critics across the globe.  As August 2014 marks the 100-year anniversary of World War I, this book is as timely and relevant as ever.
PAT BARKER has earned a place in the first rank of contemporary British writers with such novels as Union Street, Regeneration (shortlisted for Britain's prestigious Booker Prize and chosen by the New York Times as one of the four best novels of 1992), The Eye in the Door (winner of the 1993 Guardian fiction prize), and The Ghost Road ...
Title:RegenerationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.75 inPublished:July 1, 1993Publisher:PlumeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0452270073

ISBN - 13:9780452270077


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great WW1 Historical Fiction An interesting novel about the psychological and ethical techniques used to treat shellshock at Craiglockhart War Hospital during WW1. The stories of the men (I couldn’t view them as patients) healing from mental, physical and emotional pains, as well as Dr. Rivers’ own struggles with the moral ambiguity of his line of work, is by far the most intriguing theme. I found myself thinking however, that the novel could have been a favourite had the main character been fictional. Many of the main characters have their own powerful novels or memoirs that I believed must have rendered the task of capturing a complete picture of their emotions, personalities and thoughts very difficult. I believe this feat was done modestly for the most part. But having to commit to these non-fictitious characters, presented a limitation in the story-telling aspect.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved It! This book was a real eye-opener to what the soldiers experienced after the glory of war, and were out of the media spotlight. It was detailed without losing your interest. Great read for most.
Date published: 2008-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Regeneration Part one of a trilogy of novels, which culminated in 1992's Booker Prize-winning The Ghost Road, this is a fascinating account of life in England and Scotland during the First World War. Revealing a fascinating world beneath the staid Edwardian surface, it will change your ideas of what those years meant to the rest of this century.
Date published: 1999-10-04

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After witnessing the often inane brutality of the First World War, a British officer makes a conscious decision to stop fighting. While this may seem logical and sane to someone who isn't in the army, the war machine has little tolerance for conscientious objectors and pacifists. The officer finds himself subjected to tests, rehabilitation methods and other brutal treatments that are supposed to make him 'well' again. Combining real-life events and people, Pat Barker demonstrates the insanity of war, the politics of class and the brutality of 'fixing' someone who's not quite right. Regeneration will challenge your safe notions of what normal is and how important it is to be accepted.